- Associated Press - Saturday, March 8, 2014

MINDEN, La. (AP) - State transportation authorities say work to install cable barriers along Interstate 20 in north Louisiana - delayed by a series of winter storms that dumped ice and snow on the state’s northern tier of parishes - may finally get underway soon.

The Minden Press-Herald reports (https://bit.ly/NXnALS) contracts for the work were signed in September 2013.

State Department of Transportation and Development spokeswoman Susan Stafford said crews are waiting for ground and weather conditions to improve, fearing that moving ahead in marginal conditions might lead to later problems.

Construction signs are in place, and once weather permits, dirt work will begin.

The dirt will be used to reshape slopes of the median to provide a base for the concrete pads to which the barriers will be mounted, Stafford said.

“The earthwork required for this project is the most difficult portion of the project to perform this time of year,” Stafford said. “In the summer, we can get a pretty good rain and the ground will dry within a day or two, but in the winter months, a good rain will keep the ground unworkable for days because of the poor drying conditions.”

The project in Bossier and Webster parishes is intended to install protective cable barriers along the median to keep vehicles that skid off the road from overturning or running into lanes of oncoming traffic.


Information from: Minden Press-Herald, https://www.press-herald.com/

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